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National Dementia Office

The National Dementia Office The National Dementia Office (NDO) was established in 2015 in accordance with the launch of the National Dementia Strategy (2014). The NDO provides leadership at a system level for the implementation of the strategy. Its role and function is to oversee the implementation, monitoring, and ongoing evaluation of the National Dementia Strategy.

The NDO is established under the remit of the National Social Care Division HSE.

Vision

Our vision is that people with dementia and their family carers receive the supports and services they need to fulfil their potential and to maintain their identity, resilience and dignity as valued and active citizens in society.

Our mission is to transform the dementia landscape in Ireland by:

  • Providing leadership for the implementation of the DOH National Dementia Strategy and the HSE Reform Programme, so that people with dementia can live well, can have services and supports delivered in the best way possible and can ultimately die with comfort and dignity.
  • Working collaboratively with staff across HSE Divisions/ NGOS/ Private /Voluntary services to ensure effective roll-out of the National Dementia Strategy implementation plan, creating an inter-connected approach to identification of programme solutions, service delivery, education and public information.
  • Influencing policy and practice in dementia care in Ireland; advocating for an evidence-based, progressive approach to the development and provision of dementia services and supports.
  • Raising awareness and increasing understanding of dementia and related risk factors; empowering people living with dementia, their family carers, communities and those working in dementia care.

Our Values

The values that will guide the NDO in all its activities and interactions in realising its mission are: Professionalism and Accountability, Dignity, Respect, Compassion, Collaboration and Partnership, Empowerment and a Rights Based Approach.

Meet the NDO Team

Mary Manning

Mary was appointed to the post of General Manager, National Dementia Office HSE in 2016. Prior to taking up this National Post, Mary was Director of the Nursing & Midwifery Planning & Development unit for the Midlands region. She also held the post of National Nursing Lead for Dementia for the office for Nursing & Midwifery Directorate (ONMSD) working with the National Dementia Strategy office supporting the implementation of the strategy.

Since 2009, she has represented the HSE on matters relating to dementia education and service improvement. She was the project lead for the highly successful National Dementia Education project and is currently the HSE Lead for the Dementia Elevator project with Dublin City University.

She has an MSc in Interdisciplinary Dementia Studies from the University of Ulster, along with an MSc in Education and Training Management from Dublin City University.

Anna de Siún

Anna is Senior Project Manager in the National Dementia Office, joining the team in February 2017. Prior to joining the HSE, Anna worked with the Irish Hospice Foundation, developing and implementing a programme to support staff in Older Person Residential Care Settings enhance their end-of-life care practices.

Anna has worked extensively in older person care, including the Irish National Audit of Dementia Care (INAD) in Acute Hospitals, the National Dementia Education Programme and the National Falls Prevention Strategy, giving her the opportunity to develop her research, programme development and project management skills. This work has given her a deep respect for the dignity and individuality of each person working in and accessing health care services in Ireland. She holds a BA in Psychology, BSc in Counselling and Psychotherapy and a MHSc in Health Services Research.

Dr. Emer Begley

Emer is Senior Project Manager at the National Dementia Office. Prior to joining the HSE in January 2017, Emer worked for eight years in the Community and Voluntary Sector working with a number of advocacy organisations focusing on dementia and ageing. Most recently she was Policy and Research Manager with the Alzheimer Society of Ireland. Prior to this she was with Age Action as their Senior Policy Officer.

Her academic background is in social policy and social research, completing her PhD in 2009 from Trinity College where her research focused on the lived experience and health and social care needs of people living with early stage dementia. She also holds a BA in Sociology, a HDip Statistics and an MSc in Applied Social Research.

Dr. Suzanne Timmons

Dr. Suzanne Timmons will join the team in October 2017 as Clinical Lead at the National Dementia Office. Suzanne is a geriatrician in Cork, Senior Lecturer in the Centre for Gerontology and Rehabilitation, UCC, and Programme Coordinator for the MSc in Older Person Rehabilitation, UCC. She has a special interest in health service research and quality improvement in the area of dementia and delirium care in acute hospitals. She co-led the Irish and Northern Ireland National Audits of Dementia and, on behalf of the National Clinical Programme for Older People, chaired a working group to develop a national delirium algorithm for use on acute hospital wards.

Research projects include the multi-hospital Cork Dementia Study; an RCT of augmented physical activity in older people in hospital (APEP); and early delirium recognition/detection (the Cork Delirium Studies). Dr. Timmons leads the Cork Integrated Dementia care Across Settings (Cork-IDEAS) project, developing an integrated dementia care pathway between the community and acute hospital.

Dr. John Linehan

John Linehan graduated as a general nurse from Cork University Hospital. He subsequently worked as a nurse tutor, and lecturer in nursing in University College Cork. John worked as Director of Nursing in Kanturk Community Hospital before taking on the role of Co-ordinator of Older People Services for the North Cork area. Subsequently John worked as a specialist for older people services, a role that he currently holds.

John has a keen interest in the area of dementia, and has chaired a number of national working groups in dementia in the past. John holds a Doctorate in Nursing from University College Cork.

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